Dear Humane Society Friend,
Charles Dickens began his classic novel with the poignant words: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” A Tale of Two Cities was a story of tragic events leading up to glorious redemption for thousands who were suffering. Similarly, as we begin our 70th year of operation, we look back on our history with tears of sadness and joy. However, the plight of homeless, abused and neglected animals in Pulaski County is no fictional account and their saviors are not romantic heroes, but genuine and compassionate people like you. I hope you will continue to support our animals by becoming a member of our organization or renewing your annual membership.
Incorporated in 1946, our organization maintains a private, no-kill shelter in Central Arkansas. Our life-saving work depends on income from memberships, donations, fundraisers, and bequests as we receive no money from the city, county or state and have no affiliation with national animal organizations. Because of this, our rescue efforts go the distance by reaching out to the sick, injured and emotionally distressed, turning their “winter of despair” into a “spring of hope.” Here are a few of those animals and their stories that you helped in 2015.
The last thing Hope ever expected was to be sitting on Santa’s lap or getting her Christmas wish fulfilled. A young grey tabby touched the heart of a hunter who found her in the woods with a twisted and broken front left leg. Like her name, she had not given up and was managing to compensate on the old injury. HSPC took her in having no choice but to amputate the leg. During her ordeal, the nature of this sweet kitty never changed. Her loving disposition and will to survive is an example of what inspires us to go on. Just as the hunter could not pass her by, a volunteer thought life is always better with a little “Hope” in it, so she adopted her.
Roscoe, a Yorkie Mix, was found alone and badly injured on the side of the road after being hit by a car. Luckily he was brought to the Humane Society where it was discovered that he was suffering from a diaphragmatic hernia and a broken leg. After surgery which required a pin in his leg and much needed TLC, this little guy was up for adoption. It wasn’t long before he caught the attention of a new family who have devoted much time to spoiling him and - turning his bad experience around. Roscoe now chases balls on a pool table instead of cars.
Grace Ann was born with a congenital leg deformity and at four months old her owners were going to have her put down as they did not feel she would ever be show quality. The Humane Society took her in, splinted the leg and a few weeks later, this beautiful horse was perfectly normal. Firecracker was seized from a hoarding case, emaciated. Although she was weak and suffering from malnutrition, she was still nursing her foal. Both the foal and Firecracker received the care they needed and were restored to full health. In 2015 Grace Ann and Firecracker were adopted by the same family and now will spend the rest of their carefree lives in the same pasture.
Over the last 70 years, HSPC supporters have taken us from “seasons of darkness” into“seasons of light.” We have grown from a small foster-based operation to occupying the space of an old run-down Chinchilla farm to our existing 25000 square foot indoor facility. We have gone from visiting schools to taking our mobile classroom, The HEART, into the community bringing with it our lessons of humane education. Through our collaborative efforts with fellow rescue groups and lawmakers, we have evolved from living in a state with little protection for animals to one with laws that insure their humane treatment. Finally, hundreds of thousands of animals with little hope have been saved over the years. Please consider becoming a part of an amazing legacy by joining the Humane Society of Pulaski County. And if you can, consider giving monthly so we can save even more animals. Thank you for considering. With respect to Mr. Dickens, it could be “a far far better thing you do…”
LEVELS OF MEMBERSHIP: Examples Of What Your Dollars Can Do:
_____ $1,000 President’s 70’s Club buys enough food to feed the animals for a week.
_____ $500 will maintain the cage-less cat room for a month.
____ $365 provides heartworm treatment for one dog.
_____ $250 provides in-house blood testing and lab work for five animals.
_____ $100 provides spay/neuter surgery for one dog and one cat.
_____ $50 Family Membership provides vaccinations and heartworm preventative for one dog and one cat.
_____ $35 Basic Membership for Individuals, _______ $15 for Seniors over 65 or Students under 21